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Meeting to explore Oxon Cove’s future

(Published October 22, 2001)

City planning officials have scheduled a community meeting Oct. 29 to seek residents’ comments on future development of the Oxon Cove-D.C. Village area of Southwest Washington.

The meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be held in the cafeteria at Potomac Job Corps, 1 D.C. Village Lane SW. A 6 p.m. public reception will showcase the job corps’ culinary school.

The Far Southwest Civic Association also plans to address the issue at its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Washington Highlands Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.

Resident protests over congressional plans three years ago to turn over much of the area for development of a privately owned prison were credited with stopping that plan.

Now, KSI Services Inc. of Vienna, Va., has proposed construction of a planned community called Columbia Bay for the area, among the largest undeveloped parcels remaining in the city. The plan has been endorsed by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8D.

The Common Denominator reported in mid-July that D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development officials were reviewing KSI’s unsolicited proposal to build 95 single-family homes, 520 condominiums and apartments and 250 townhouses at the site. Also included in the plan is a supermarket, a hotel and marina, a visitor’s center, an environmental education center, a 40-acre public park with riverfront access and a public recreation center that includes a pool.

"It’s important that the community be heard about what they want to see there, they’ve been fighting negative uses for so long," said Ward 8 Planner Venita Ray.

Copyright 2001, The Common Denominator